NASCAR & Auto Racing

March 19, 2008

Listing of Northern California racetracks

A listing of 15 racetracks in Northern California, all within about a three-hour drive of Sacramento.

Looking for some action? Several racetracks dot the Northern California landscape with live motorsports almost every weekend April through September. Some even get rolling in February and race until October. Whether you prefer asphalt or dirt, there's something for every gearhead at every speed, from quarter-midgets to dragsters.

Here are links to some of the many tracks within about three hours of the Sacramento area:

All American Speedway

Web site:
800 All American City Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95678
Hotline: (916) 786-2025
Notes: One-third-mile paved oval. Hosts Whelen NASCAR All-American weekly series, Grand National West Series, stocks and sprints plus several other divisions. Saturday night racing March 29-Oct. 11.

Altamont Motorsports Park

Web site:
17001 Midway Road
Tracy, CA 95376
2455 Naglee Road #405
Tracy, CA 95304
Phone: (925) 371-RACE (7223)
Notes: The Motorsports Park contains a variety of different racetrack configurations including an in interlocking half-mile paved oval, quarter-mile oval, 1.1-mile road course and a figure-eight track. The main course is the largest oval racetrack north of Los Angeles. Program includes NASCAR Grand National West Series and weekly series plus other stock car racing, USAC sprint cars and more. Season runs April 5-Oct. 25.

American Valley Speedway

Web sites:
Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds
204 Fairgrounds Road
Quincy, CA 95971
P.O. Box 1370
Quincy, CA 95971
Phone: (530) 283-2175
Notes: Second largest dirt track in California. Hosts pro stock, mini stocks, sprints and go-karts. Track is 3/8-mile clay oval. Season runs May 3-Aug. 23. Promoter: Curt Nieman,

Roy Hayer Memorial Speedway

Web site:
800 G. St.
Rio Linda, CA 95673
Phone: (916) 991-1128 Notes: Home of the Capitol Quarter Midget Association. Founded in 1954, the 1/10th mile dirt oval has produced many professional racers, such as Jeff Gordon and Paul McMahan. Caters to kids, ages 5 to 17, who want to learn racing. Weekend practice sessions and racing, mid-March through October.

Infineon Raceway

Web site:
Hwys. 37 and 121, Sonoma
Phone: (800) 870-RACE
Notes: Historic 2.12-mile road course plus quarter-mile drag strip. NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Grand National West), NHRA, IndyCar, Grand-Am, AMA Superbike plus several weekly and special events.

Lakeport Speedway

Web site: Lake County Fairgrounds
401 Martin Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone: (707) 279-9577
Notes: Quarter-mile semi-banked paved oval. Series includes Bombers (NCRA), Mini Stocks, Modifieds (NCRA), Street Stocks, Late Models and more. Season runs mid-April through October.

Madera Speedway

Web site:
Hotline: (559) 673-RACE
Office phone: (209) 983-1689
Notes: One-third-mile paved oval. Hosts NASCAR Whelen All-American weekly late-model series plus Grand American Modifieds, Sportsman, Toyota Sedans, Pure Stocks, Jr. Grand American Modifieds and more. Season runs late March through October.

Marysville Raceway Park

Web site:
1468 Simpson Lane
Marysville, CA 95901
Phone: (530) 743-1327
Notes: Formerly Twin Cities Speedway. Newly configured quarter-mile clay oval. Hosts Winged Pacific 360 Sprints, Wingless Spec Sprints, Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, Modifieds, Extreme Bombers, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Dwarf Cars, SORA Sprint 100s, Western All Stars Late Models, BCRA Midget Lites and more.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Web site:
1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway
Salinas, CA 93908
Phone: (831) 242-8201
Tickets/Information: (800) 327-SECA (7322)
Notes: Operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula. Historic 2.238-mile road course hosts major open-wheel and motorcycle racing as well as vintage sports cars and other events. Schedule runs May through October.

Placerville Speedway

Web site:
El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 626-3680
Administration: Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm 704 Vine Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 969-7484
Fax: (916) 783-RACE (916-783-7223)
Notes: Quarter-mile dirt track known for its sprint car racing. Hosts the California Sprint Car Civil War Series, Golden State Challenge and King of California series. Also hosts weekly pro stocks, pure stocks and other racing. Promoter is John Padjen. Season runs March through September.

Sacramento Raceway

Web site:
5305 Excelsior Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 363-2653 or (916) 366-7368
Notes: Quarter-mile drag strip. Season runs March through October. Runs several different NHRA divisions plus nostalgia and street legal drags.

Shasta Raceway

Web site:
1890 Briggs Street
Anderson, CA 96007
Notes: Three-eighths-mile paved oval, reconfigured in 2004. Series includes Hornets, Bombers, Legends, Mini Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models. Season runs late March through October. Promoter is Rick Faeth, (408) 499-6845.

Silver Dollar Speedway

Web site:
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
37 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 891-6535
Administration: Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm
704 Vine Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 969-7484
Fax: (916) 783-RACE (916-783-7223)
Notes: Quarter-mile clay oval hosts the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series each September for the Gold Cup Race of Champions with the 55th running set for Sept. 3-8, 2008. Also, hosts weekly sprint-car racing and other series including dirt modifieds, pure stocks and enduros. Promoter is John Padjen. Season runs March through September.

Thunderbowl Raceway

Web site:
Tulare County Fairgrounds
Bardsley Ave & K Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: (559) 688-0909
Notes: One-third-mile semi-banked clay oval. Hosts World of Outlaws sprint car series in March as well as California Sprint Car Civil War Series plus weekly Golden State Challenge and King of California sprint car racing, USAC, modifieds. Season runs late February through October.

Ukiah Speedway

Web site:
Redwood Empire Fairgrounds
1055 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 462-3884
Hotline: (707) 462-7242
Notes: Quarter-mile asphalt oval. Offers weekly stock-car series including Modifieds, Modifieds, Bombers, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Late Models. Season runs April through October.

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